Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It is a disease that occurs in the form of pain, numbness and weakness that sometimes occurs in certain fingers of the hand and sometimes in the whole of the hand.
The cause of this ailment is the compression of the nerve passing through the wrist. For this reason, patient complaints increase in cases of increased swelling in the body, such as pregnancy, goiter and diabetes. The disease is usually seen in women between the ages of 30 and 50, as well as in men who are engaged in occupations that use the wrist very often.
The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is made primarily by the physical examination and EMG test performed as a result of the symptoms the patient told the doctor. EMG test gives 3 grades as mild, moderate and severe carpal tunnel syndrome.
Mouse users beware!
The preoccupations of our age have led to the emergence of new and modern diseases. Computer keyboard and mouse are used very frequently in many professions today. In this process, since the opening from the wrist to the back of the hand takes a long time, compression occurs in the median nerve passing here. As a result, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs. In short, we can say that the disease has become one of today’s occupational diseases.
It can wake you up at night
Carpal tunnel syndrome patients often say that the pain increases at night when they are asleep. In this case, the immobilized wrist causes more compression of the median nerve due to the relaxation of the muscles during sleep and the increase in edema in the body. In fact, from time to time, the patient may wake up from his sleep and feel the urge to clap his hand.
What happens if I don’t have surgery?
Not every carpal tunnel syndrome patient has to have surgery. Medication and physical therapy are often used. Moderate and severe carpal tunnel syndrome patients are usually operated on. Permanent deformity and loss of movement may develop in the hand of an advanced and neglected patient. Therefore, the discomfort should not be neglected.
The patient returns to work life in a short time.
Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is performed by loosening the tunnel with an incision of approximately 2.5 cm. An average of 5-6 stitches are taken. The best part of the operation is that the numbness, tingling and pain in the hand begin to ease even that night. In other words, the patient’s face starts to smile the day after the surgery.
The patient is usually followed up in the hospital for 1 night after the surgery. There is no restriction on using his hand. The person returns to work life in a short time. Stitches are also removed in the 2nd week. A limited group of patients receive physical therapy after surgery.